Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons is executive editor of rAVe [PUBS] and managing director of THE rAVe Agency. She is also a graduate of the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Reach her at sara@ravepubs.com or on Twitter @SaraAbrons. Pronouns: she/her.

PMA Announces Top 5 Selling Brands Projector for July

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PMA Research has posted its most recent Projector Tracking Service results to the “Top-Selling Projectors” area of its website. Each month, PMA Research posts the Top 5 Projector Lists for the following product categories: Pico and Personal Projectors – For Pico and Personal projectors, the July results showed that three of the five best-selling projectors […]

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PreSonus Announces StudioLive AI-Series Digital Mixers with Active Integration

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PreSonus has announced its new series of StudioLive AI (Active Integration) hardware/software digital mixing and recording systems. The series consists of three models: the 32-channel StudioLive 32.4.2AI, with 24 dedicated mix buses; 24-channel StudioLive 24.4.2AI, with 20 dedicated mix buses; and 16-channel StudioLive 16.4.2AI, with 16 dedicated mix buses. Using Burr-Brown A/D/A converters and new […]

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BenQ Ships SX914 6000 Lumen Install Projector

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BenQ America is shipping a new large-venue install projector dubbed the SX914 — an XGA (1024×768) resolution DLP projector specified to output 6,000 ANSI lumens with a contrast ratio of 6500:1.The projector offers 1.6x zoom capabilities, an embedded test pattern, dual HDMI inputs, a VGA port and an Ethernet port for control and content. With […]

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Digital Signage Federation Announces Networking Open House

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The Digital Signage Federation, a not-for-profit trade organization serving the digital signage industry, will host an “open house” on Wed., Oct. 23, 2013 at O’Brien’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Times Square in Manhattan in support of #DpbMedia Week. The open house event runs 6:30-8:30 p.m., is free for DSF members — $20 for non-members — […]

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Richard Gray Power to Debut IP-Addressable Power Strips

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Richard Gray’s Power Company (RGPC) will launch a new version of its IPAC-8 Remote IP Power Management System at CEDIA. The IPAC-8 provides IP-addressability and remote monitoring capabilities to power management systems. Designed for virtually any residential or commercial environment or application, IPAC-8 features on/off remote (IP) control of eight individual AC power outlets and […]

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Samsung to Debut 98″ 4K Monitor Next Week

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We don’t have official complete specs yet, but rAVe has learned that next week Samsung will show a 98″, 4K resolution (3840×2160) commercial-grade LCD monitor aimed at both digital signage and ProAV installs. In addition to being an ultra-high definition (UHD) display, the new 98″ will include both DisplayPort and HDMI (CEC enabled) inputs and […]

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Crestron Adds New 3 Series Controllers

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The new DIN-AP3 and DIN-AP3MEX 3-Series control processors from Crestron are designed for DIN rail mounting. Both work with Crestron DALI ballasts and LED drivers for commercial lighting projects and have native support for BACnet/IP. BACnet/IP is a direct interface to third-party building management systems over Ethernet that simplifies integration with lighting and other building […]

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Home Awareness and Energy Management Company enerG to Launch at 2013 CEDIA Expo

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Home awareness and energy management brand enerG Corp will officially debut at CEDIA next month. The company’s Home Awareness System (utilizing the Z-Wave platform) allows homeowners to control, customize and automate all connected devices in the home and receive important system notifications on their Android and iOS devices. The enerG starter package consists of a […]

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Volume 10, Issue 16 — August 30, 2013

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Volume 10, Issue 16 — 30, 2013 EditorialTheater Rooms and Wine Cellars?Lee Distad : rAVe ColumnistEditorialThe Finer Art of GimmickryMark Coxon : rAVe BloggerEditorialWhat Does it Take to Increase TV Sales?Norbert Hildebrand : DisplaySearch Industry NewsNPD: TV Will Drive OLED Materials Market GrowthCEDIA Releases Key Findings from Annual Benchmarking Surveys rAVe BlogSquadRecently from rAVe’s BlogSquadProjectionEpson […]

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SpeakerCraft and D-Tools Announce Renewal of Strategic MVP Partnership

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D-Tools Inc. has announced that Core Brands’ SpeakerCraft brand has recently renewed its D-Tools MVP Partnership. Detailed information on of the entire family of SpeakerCraft products is now available in the D-Tools product database, better enabling D-Tools System Integrator users to specify SpeakerCraft products. To read the complete press release online, click here.

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Leslie Shiner Named as 2013 CEDIA Fellow Inductee

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CEDIA has announced that Leslie Shiner of The ShinerGroup will be inducted into its prestigious Fellows program, which honors longtime CEDIA members and volunteers who have contributed significantly to the association’s success. Shiner will be recognized at the annual Electronic Lifestyles Awards Celebration Sat., Sept. 28 during CEDIA EXPO 2013. To read the complete press […]

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Alliance AV Partners and Clarity Business Group Merge

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Two established manufacturer representative firms, AV Partners, Inc. and Clarity Business Group, Inc. have announced that they are forming an alliance. The name AV Partners will be retained, and Clarity Business Group will be absorbed into the organization. The territories for the firm are Southern California, Arizona, Southern Nevada, and Hawaii. To read the complete […]

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AVnu Alliance Adds Three New Members

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AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium that certifies Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability, has introduced three industry leaders from the consumer and automotive markets as new members dedicated to creating a new ecosystem of interoperable AVB devices through certification: Ceton, a provider in digital cable tuner solutions for the PC and manufacturer of in-home […]

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Recently from rAVe’s BlogSquad

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Keith Kelsen: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly — Survey Paul Self: IMAX Launches Private Theatre Anthony Coppedge: Better Marketing: Server the User, Don’t Pander to Him Scott Tiner: More Security Talk… Mark Coxon: The Advantage of In-Person Interviews Olivia Dumanovsky: Big Changes Ahead Robin Raulf-Sager: A Non-Expert’s Opinion on Why Videoconferencing CAN Help […]

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PESA Intros easyPORT Line of SDI Switchers

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PESA has announced four new easyPORT analog/digital multi-point utility converter/switchers that support up to four inputs. The EASY-4ADX4B and EASY-4ADX4F are spec’d to have 10-bit conversion of composite analog video to SDI and both accept NTSC/PAL composite inputs and feature 4x oversampling. The EASY-4BX4DA and EASY-4FX4DA allow SDI video to be converted to analog video […]

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Waterfall Audio Unveils Niagara Platinum Loudspeaker

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French-based HiFi speaker manufacturer Waterfall Audio has introduced what it’s calling its “reference loudspeaker” in the form of the Niagara Platinum, which is housed in a special all-glass cabinet. The Niagara Platinum edition will make its debut at CEDIA in Denver and it will be distributed by Nouveau Distributing of Dallas, Tex. The Niagara Platinum […]

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Epson Adds Sub-$1000 Home 1080p Projector with PowerLite Home Cinema 2030

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Epson’s new PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 is a 2D and 3D 1920x1080p 3LCD projector that offers MHL-enabled HDMI. You can learn all about MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) here. Basically, MHL is a smaller connector (for small devices like memory stick streaming devices, mobile phones, tablets, etc.) that can output resolutions up to 4K and do […]

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InfoComm’s Last 2013 Install School is October

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InfoComm is now offering an all new installation curriculum customized to integrators’ on-the-job needs, with specialized AV training and the chance to collaborate and network with peers. Featuring new and updated content on working with fiber optic connections, System Fabrication, Oct. 21-23 in Fairfax, Va., will guide AV professionals through everything they need to know […]

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Christie Hires Jeff Klass

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Christie has announced that Jeff Klaas has joined the company in the role of vice president for Christie’s Business Products division. Reporting to Jack Kline, president & COO, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., and based in Christie’s Cypress headquarters, Klaas will focus on managing the company’s Business Products strategies across diverse product platforms. He will […]

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Recently from rAVe RADIO

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 158: Gary Speaks to Access Network’s VP of Sales and Marketing Aaron Gutin THE WEEK – Episode 46: Breaking Down the Silos AV Insider — Episode 3: Mark & Milestone’s Excellent Adventure AV Insider — Episode 2: Design and Project Management Rants and rAVes — Episode 157: Lutron Isn’t the […]

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Recently from rAVe’s BlogSquad

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Keith Kelsen: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly — Survey Paul Self: IMAX Launches Private Theatre Anthony Coppedge: Better Marketing: Serve the User, Don’t Pander to Him Scott Tiner: More Security Talk… Mark Coxon: The Advantage of In-Person Interview Olivia Dumanovsky: Big Changes Ahead Robin Raulf-Sager: A Non-Expert’s Opinion on Why Videoconferencing CAN Help […]

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YCD Multimedia Announces New Version of Cloud-Based Content Management System

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YCD Multimedia last week announced Version 5.0 of its cloud-based content management system — YCD|CMS SaaS. The new version improves core features while adding new tools, including all new built-in editors, new and enhanced content management with authorizations and remote control, and a host of user interface enhancements. With the new built-in HTML 5-based editor, […]

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Elite Screens Intros In-Ceiling DIY Electric Screen Line

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The Evanesce B is a DIY (do it yourself) in-ceiling projection screen that conveniently disappears from view when not in use. It can be installed from within the above-ceiling airspace or from below thanks to its removable base panels. It’s integrated with Greenguard-certified, MaxWhite FG (fiberglass-backed), 1.1 gain matte white material with wide diffusion uniformity. […]

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NPD: TV Will Drive OLED Materials Market Growth

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Growing demand from large TV panels is expected to increase OLED material revenues at a compound annual growth rate of 67 percent through 2017, even as material revenue from mobile phones slows after 2014. According to the Quarterly OLED Materials Report from NPD DisplaySearch, revenues from organic materials used in the emission and common layers […]

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Christie and The Sextant Group Help University Build Research Library of the Future

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Christie and The Sextant Group are helping redefine the components of a research library at North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library in Raleigh, N.C. Achieving the school’s goal of securing a competitive advantage by equipping students with collaborative research tools for solving problems in today’s tech-driven society, the library sets a new […]

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